Enjoy a short trip with the Elding ferry service to the lovely island of Viðey, situated in Kollfjörður just off the coast of Reykjavík.
Apart from the island's ancient ruins and rich historical background, other attractions include impressive works of art by Yoko Ono (the Imagine Peace Tower) and Richard Serra (the Milestones project). Fans of architecture will also be interested in learning that the church in Videy is one of the oldest in the country—and that Viðey House is the first building in the Iceland to be constructed with stone.
With an extensive network of trails, the island can be explored both on foot and by bike. No matter which path you take, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the surrounding mainland, and to the west, you'll be able to see the impressive outline of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
In the summertime, there are daily ferry departures both from Skarfabakki pier and Ægisgarður harbour. The winter service runs on Saturdays and Sundays from Skarfabakki to Viðey. Note that trips to Viðey are free with the Reykjavík City Card.
If you don't possess a City Card, press here for a single tour to Viðey Island with included whale watching!